Analysis of Radon Awareness and Disclosure Policy in Kentucky: Applying Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Framework

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to analyze radon awareness and disclosure policy proposed during the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly using Kingdon’s Multiple Stream Framework. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Exposure to radon occurs largely in the home. The proportion of homeowners who have completed radon testing remains low, and home radon testing is voluntary in most states. The Environmental Law Institute recommends states enact policies to promote radon awareness and testing. The most common radon awareness policy mandates radon disclosure during a real estate transaction. A bill to mandate radon disclosure during a real estate transaction was proposed during the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly but was met with opposition and was not filed. As a policy alternative, an administrative regulation to amend the Form for Seller’s Disclosure of Conditions was proposed to the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Administrative regulations set forth by government regulatory agencies are equally enforceable and may be a more politically feasible alternative to enacting public policy. Nurses are positioned to promote the health of patients and populations. Nurses advocating for radon control legislation and/or administrative regulations may push radon control policy higher on the governmental decision agenda leading to policy change to decrease the development of lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-139
Number of pages8
JournalPolicy, Politics, and Nursing Practice
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

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Keywords

  • Kentucky
  • disclosure
  • government
  • lung cancer
  • public policy
  • radon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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